The first man to pull off a tsunami backflip in competition, at Red Bull District Ride in Nuremberg in 2014, Mountain-bike freerider Szymon Godziek is a master of memorable performances. For his first appearance at Red Bull Rampage that same year, he wore only a basketball shirt, despite the risk of injury on the tough surface. He went on to finish 11th. This is Godziek trying out the 2015 Rampage course. He missed the final this time, though, after crashing in qualifying from a height of 6m.
Video highlights: redbullrampage.com
The rules at Red Bull Crashed Ice, the Ice Cross Downhill World Championships, are brutally simple. Each race sees four participants hurtle down a steep ice track, featuring 90-degree turns and kickers, at up to 60kph. The quickest two move on to the next round. In the 2015/2016 season opener in Quebec (pictured), American Cameron Naasz got away from the Canadian competition and went on to win the event, much to the disappointment of the home fans.
Season highlights: redbullcrashedice.com
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The Right, Australia
Australian big-wave surfer Mark Mathews has won more than US$400,000 in prize money and surfed the world’s most dangerous waves, including Tahiti’s mega-barrel Teahupo’o and the shark-infested waters of Ship Stern Bluff off the coast of Tasmania. But even for him, this 15m breaker off the coast of Western Australia called The Right is no easy ride. It has held him under and ruptured an eardrum, but it has also provided some of his best surfing footage.
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